RESTORE’s Happy Thanksgiving
On Thursday, November 19th RESTORE and Tuesday, November 24th, RESTORE gave out 230 Thanksgiving dinners to families from the greater Riverview community. In addition to our normal USDA grocery bag, each family received a Thanksgiving turkey, ham, or whole chicken, as well as a bag of Thanksgiving fixings (including stuffing, gravy cranberry sauce, yams, potatoes, and green beans) and other dessert, bakery and produce items of their choice.
This distribution would not have been possible with out the support of the following organizations:
- Save-A-Lot grocery store who provided us with 50 holiday bags full of Thanksgiving fixings and a low price for turkeys.
- South Shore United Methodist Church who brought us two truckloads full of Thanksgiving goodies and also provided financial support.
- ECHO South Shore who provided us with food items that they could not distribute.
- Rice Creek Mobile Home Park who provided us with both financial support and food items.
- Generous contributors from our church and community, including an unexpected gift of $500 from a single donor.
RESTORE continues to distribute groceries to between 100 and 120 families each week throughout the pandemic. Many people have lost their jobs and are having to choose between putting food on the table and paying their rent, mortgage, or utilities. RESTORE continues to be an important resource for many families in our community.
After Thanksgiving, our normal Tuesday grocery distribution will be supplemented by a hot meal program provided by our Metropolitan Ministry partnership. Since we can’t provide seating in our Fellowship Hall for this program, hot meals are served in stryrofoam take-out containers to our clients. And we distribute produce, eggs, dairy and other items from Feeding Tampa Bay as well as unsold pizzas from our local Pizza Hut on Thursday mornings.
We want to thank all of our contributors and volunteers for allowing us to meet the food needs of the many struggling families in our community.
Noisy Offering Sunday
Sunday, November 29th was a fifth Sunday of the month—a Sunday in which we routinely collect a “noisy offering” for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise, Florida. Last week, despite a small in-service attendance, we collected more than $80 for the Children’s Home. We have collected over $250 in Children’s Home donations for the month, and more than $1800 for the year.
The Alafia Boat Parade
Has Been Cancelled
Due to the increasing COVID-19 infections occurring throughout Hillsborough County, the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview has cancelled the Alafia Lighted Boat Parade event this year. Although RUMC was looking forward to hosting a viewing center for the parade on our parsonage’s backyard, we understand the precautionary step taken by the Rotary club.
On the Lookout for Advent Families
We are on the lookout for families to help us celebrate the advent season. Families would be involved in lighting advent candles at the beginning of the service during each Sunday during advent, and on Christmas Eve. If you are interested in participating in this fun way, contact the church office.